Calling Callan

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We were back at the pack house in no time. This whole shit took way less time than we had anticipated. We thought getting my wolf back would require rituals and sacrifices, maybe hunting down some rare animal to spill it's blood or something but all I had to do to get Isis back....is have sex with Callan?

Can this be that simple? The witch said I hadn't lost Isis...she was just asleep. Do wolf just go into hybernation all of a sudden? Was it the shock of being shot? Why would Isis just become dorment?

I didn't know the answers to the "why" but I do know the answer as to how I am supposed to fix this and bring back Isis.

After I was done helping the guards put away all the accutrement they had packed for the trip, I made my way upstairs to my room. After we came back from the mission, Callan had packed up my stuff from my home and shifted it across his room in the pack house. We were on the second floor, with the Beta's family but they were on the other side of the corridor which meant even if someone was being murdered at our side, they wouldn't know.

Everything in the pack house is sound proof given that wolves can be extremely loud, we were all sensitive to even the faintests of sounds and there were many mated couples who lived in the pack house and let's just say the soundproof walls protect us all.

I guess Callan was waiting for me with his ears against his bedroom door because as soon as I reached my room's door, his door opened and out came Callan.

"Hey" I said, not knowing what else to say to him. He knows I'll come to him..if I wanted my wolf back. I guess it's not even a question of 'if' now.. it's more of a 'when'.

"Don't be awkward about it princess. I'll do anything you want in order to help you" he said but I could see it was awkward for him too.

"I just don't want to mate with you because of this....I mean I knew it was gonna happen someday but I always thought it will happen when we both wanted it not like this" I told him as I folded my arms across my chest, suddenly feeling a little chilly.

It was true, I didn't want to sleep with Callan because of this and given the fact that it would be my first time....I just don't know if doing it this way was right.

"Anaïs believe me I want to mate with you, I have wanted to mate with you from the moment I caught a whiff of your scent in that ballroom on my birthday. Your situation has nothing to do with that" he said. "But I will understand if you don't want to mate with me. I know this whole mate thing has been difficult for you to accept and mating is a big deal. So, take your time. I'm here when you're ready" he finished and then walked over to me and kissed me on my forehead.

"Goodnight princess" he said and dissapeared inside his room.

I was too shook to say anything to him. It was still weird when Callan was this nice and understanding. I was getting used to it slowly but it was strange how he always knew the right words to say inorder to make me feel better.

I went inside my room and decided to take a shower and sleep. It was still very early for me to go to bed but I just felt tired. All the past days were catching up with me, making me feel exhausted.

I took a warm shower to try and sooth my tensed muscles. I spent the last 4 days either crying or lying on the hard wooden floor of the pack library trying to find a cure.

I still couldn't wrap my head around the fact that it was so easy to get my wolf back. I tried to rest, catch a few hours of sleep but I couldn't. The same question kept on replaying in my head.

What exactly happened to Isis? She clearly wasn't completely gone, so why couldn't I feel her presence anymore? Why would mating with Callan help? I just couldn't stop thinking about it.

I finally gave up and decided to grab a warm cardigan and head to the library. I couldn't help but wonder if I had missed something. The past few days I had been looking for cases of werewolves losing their wolves but maybe there were also cases like mine where the wolf just went into a deep sleep.

I quietly made my way towards the Library which was not that far away from Callan and I's room. I guess he knew I liked reading books so chose to stay on this floor, thinking it might be temptation enough for me to move in across him.

I slowly turned the doorknob of the library door, making sure not to make too much noise, I didn't want someone thinking there was an intruder in the house and attack me, especially when I was wolf-less.

I directly beelined for the shelf where the books on wolf history were kept. We wolves liked to provide all our young ones with every single piece of recorded werewolf history that existed which is why the packs around the world are always in contact with each other. We make sure that all the packs had copies of every book, manuscript or record out there which mentioned our history, our people before.

Our pack's library was famous for having the copies and even some originals of the most sacred pieces of werewolf books, personal journals, poems and stories and basically everything which is why I loved spending time in the library as a child, I used to be so interested in studying about our history, about how Wolves before us used to live, the things that used to exist before, all the wars that happened within our communities.

I guess I lost interest as I grew up though, I got more busy with school amd training. Over the years the collection in the library kept growing but I wasn't here to read the new additions. Now I wished I had maintained my interest, there used to be a point in my life where I was familiar with all the books in this library....but now there were too many unknowns spines sitting on the dusty, wooden shelves.

I started running my fingers over the spines of all the books. Reading the titles off of the white paper that was pasted on their spine. I didn't know where to begin, I didn't know which book would give me answers to my questions. Maybe I should've grown a pair and asked the witch but lord it was so scary to be there, I just didn't want to risk it after I had gotten a way to fix myself.

My eyes suddenly fell on a very familiar, red leather cover bound book which was as huge as my face. I took out "A history of the first wolf", remembering all the numerous times I had dragged my brother Apollo here, so he could read me the story of the first wolf.

I carefully set down the old book on the wooden floor and laid down on my stomach just like I used to with my brother. I had begged our Alpha to let me take it home but it was an important book and rules can never be broken.

I opened the all so familiar book and gazed down at all the intricate drawings and illustrations in it. It told the story of the moon goddess and how she created the first wolf, her first child. How she gave him a mate and blessed him with pups.

He was said to have the power to turn other humans into wolves and he carried out the will of the goddess by doing exactly that. The humans turned wolves would be granted a mate by the goddess and that was that. It was kid's story, meant to deepen out faith in the goddess and her powers.

But I wonder if the goddess ever punished her wolves? Was she punishing me? The thing which has happened with me, was it a fluke? I wonder if I tried summoning the goddess, like the first wolf did, would she actually come and answer my questions...

There was knock on the door which made me look up from the book. I said a quick 'come in' and in came my brother, Apollo.

"Hey, what are you doing here?" I asked him, surprised to find him in the pack house. He never quite liked the pack house for some reason. He always said it was because our house was better but I knew he was scared since the pack house was so big, with it's long and dark corridors.

"I wanted to talk to you, I tried your phone but you didn't pick up. I thought I'd visit you but you weren't in your room so I figured I'd check here and if I couldn't find you I'd just head back home" he said as he shrugged his shoulder and settled besides me.

"So what are you doing here? Still looking for a cure?" He asked, his voice giving away no signs of what he was feeling.

"No, we met a soul witch today. She gave me a cure, I know what to do to get Isis back" I told him, my words shocking him.

"You met a witch? Wow" he said

"My little sister has grown up a lot I guess, meeting witches and all" he said and chuckled.

"I knew the risk Apollo but I was desperate, any wolf would be" I said to which he nodded.

"So what is it?" He asked and I hesitated but then I figured he'd be okay with me telling him since he already knows I have a mate and having a mate is equivalent to 'they're fucking'.

"I have to sleep with Callan. The witch said Isis is asleep, I'm guessing like in a dormant state and I need to complete mating with Callan to wake her up" I told him. He scrunched up his nose in disgust which made me whack him on his arm.

"Shut up! Didn't you just acknowledging that I had grown up?" I said to which he repeatedly shook his head.

"You've grown up but you're still my little sister and I do not want to know that you're sleeping with someone, anyone for that matter" he said making me burst out laughing.

"It's not funny Anaïs" he said but couldn't hold himself back any longer and burst out laughing as well.

When we both calmed down, we just sat there in silence. I loved spending time with my brother, we might bicker and call each other names 90% of the time we were together but I had always enjoyed his company. He made me feel protected just like he used to sneer at Callan whenever he called me names when we were little.

Apollo picked up the book I was reading and chuckled as he quietly flipped through the pages.

"God you used to annoy me so fucking much to read you this shitty story night after night. After a few weeks I had it memoriesed by heart but you always insisted we came here and I read to you from the book" he said as he examined the contents of the book.

"It wasn't about the story Apollo, it was about being with you. You were the only kid nice to me when I was little. Everybody else was on Callan's side, making fun of me or busy pulling at my hair or something" I said.

"I guess it makes sense why you despised Callan. He was a perfect jerk to you" he said.

"So if you know what you have to do to get your wolf back, what are you doing here?" He asked reminding me as to why I was here in the first place.

"I wanted answers, I want to know why Isis is in a dormant sleep and why mating is going wake her up" I said telling him the things that have been on my mind since the last couple of hours.

"But you know how to fix this, so why waste your time with those useless things?" He asked but I didn't know what to say to him. I didn't know why I was fixating on these little details to be honest.

"You know what I think? I think you're perplexed about mating with Callan so you're using all these stupid questions as a distraction so you won't have to face the real matter at hand" Apollo sounded his thoughts "you've always been this way, you know? You do anything to avoid things you don't like or understand" he continued.

" I just think this shouldn't be the reason behind Callan and I mating. I just never thought I'd do something so important for anything other than the fact that I loved my other half. It's too messy" I admitted, there was no use in lying to Apollo, he could always tell when I was lying anyways.

"So you don't love him?" He asked as he leaned back and lied down on his back while looking straight up at the ceiling.

"I- I think I do but I'm not sure if this is love. It broke me when I didn't feel the sparks anymore, when I couldn't feel the bond pulling me towards him, connecting my soul with him" I said truthfully.

"I know I like him....I just don't know if it's love yet, it's been barely over a week since we found out we are mates. It just seems so rushed" I said. It felt nice talking to him, I could finally let out all the shit I've been bottling up for days.

"Well it is rushed by human standards but this is normal by wolf standards. But if you feel you're not ready then don't do it again. You need to complete the mating if you want your wolf amd your mate back but you can just continue taking it slow after that. Do it on your terms, just think whether a tag of 'love' is important enough to risk losing so much or not" he said.

I resumed my position on the floor but this time I just cuddle into my brother. Seeking the comfort and warmth he provided just like when we were kids.

I always felt safe with him, he knew me and understood me. He always protected me even if I was in the wrong and right now it seemed like he was the only person I could rely on without getting judged.

So I just laid in the library with my brother, enjoying his presence and the state of calmness it put me in.
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